Our football match prediction:
Morroco kick off their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a game against Congo DR. The Atlas Lions did not participate at the 2015 tournament and, no doubt, they can’t wait for Monday’s football game against Jean-Florent Ibenge’s team to begin. The Moroccans are on an eleven-game unbeaten run ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations opener and that is giving fans a reason for optimism. Coach Herve Renard knows how to win titles and he is certainly capable of helping the team record a good result at the tournament in Gabon. Congo coach Ibenge, though, has a number of high-profile players to choose from and we predict that they will pick up one point from their opener. Bournemouth attacker Benik Afobe has pulled out of Africa Cup of Nations finals, but the likes of Cedric Bakambu (Villarreal) and Dieumerci Mbokani (Hull City) made the Congo DR squad.
Highlighted Player (Cedric Bakambu):
Cedric Bakambu is considered one of the best African strikers. He was a French youth international and he played for les Tricolores at the 2010 UEFA U19 European Championship. France defeated Spain in the final of the tournament and that is regarded as Bakambu’s biggest success, speaking of his international career. However, despite playing for France youth teams, Cedric Bakambu decided to represent DR Congo at senior level and he made his debut for the Congolese national team against Cameroon. He scored his first goal for DR Congo in a 2-1 win over Angola on 26 March, 2016. Speaking of his club career, the pacey attacker played for Sochaux from 2010 to 2014 and on 1 September, 2014 he moved to Bursaspor. After scoring 13 goals in 27 league appearances for the Turkish outfit, Bakambu signed a five-year deal with La Liga side Villarreal on 19 August, 2015 and he has been playing for the Yellow Submarine ever since. The Congolese striker made his Villarreal debut on 23 August, 21015 in a 1-1 draw with Real Betis.
Highlighted Team (Morocco):
Morocco, the Atlas Lions, are the first African team to win a group at the World Cup finals. Back in 1986 the team managed to finish the group stages above Portugal, Poland and England, but West Germany proved to be a big catch for the Moroccan national team in the last 16 of the tournament. The Atlas Lions participated at the World Cup finals on four occasions, but winning of the 1976 Africa Cup of Nations is considered the team’s biggest success. Morocco were producing outstanding displays at the tournament in Ethiopia and it has to be noted that they defeated Guinea in the title game. Morocco play their home games at Stade Adrar and Stade de Marrakech and they wear red shirts and green shorts when playing in front of home fans. A number of top-class footballers played for Morocco in the past, but Mustapha Hadji is certainly the biggest star who played for the Moroccan national team.